The thought that you could impress other people with barbeque cooking may seem like a slightly hopeful concept. After all, who is likely to be impressed by burnt sausages and burgers? You can prepare a meal to remember, with just a little bit of effort.
Having friends round on a summer afternoon to enjoy eating food freshly cooked on the BBQ sounds like a great idea. It always sounds that way, but do you find that things never turn out quite as you originally planned?
Once you get chatting and drinking, it’s easy to forget that you’re supposed to be creating a nice meal for everyone to eat. While such lapses might not occur if you were hosting a formal dinner party, they almost seem unavoidable in the relaxed atmosphere of a summer afternoon.
Are there are steps that you can take to help you produce better tasting food? Preparation is the key if you really want to improve the impression that you create when cooking outdoors.
This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours planning everything, but it does require a little thought. To begin with, you might want to consider what you are going to cook.
In particular, will any of your guests have particular dietary requirements, likes or dislikes that you should be taking into consideration? This is vital as the last thing that you’ll want to do will be to send people home hungry.
Also have a think about whether there are any dishes that you could prepare early. This is always useful, since food that is prepared earlier, before guests arrive, will often be to a higher standard.
Don’t forget to take food hygiene into account too. This is important when preparing food earlier in the day and also when you come to do the cooking.
One step that people overlook is ensuring that they understand exactly how their barbeque equipment works. I tend to use a Weber BBQ, but which ever equipment you make use of, you need to be sure that you know how it works and how it heats.
This is fundamental to producing food that is cooked safely and to a high standard.
Follow these simple steps and you really will be able to impress you guests. Who needs poorly cooked burgers and sausages, when you can cook to a high standard?}